November 2009 Press
release: November 9, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
college students excel through Academic Common MarketJennifer Barb (Ph.D. in BioInformatics), Kensington, MD.
Mah Bintou Coulibaly (M.A. in International Commerce and Policy), Silver
Program pays in-state tuition for some students who attend
(Annapolis, MD) November 5, 2009 – Ten Maryland residents who took advantage
of the Academic Common Market (ACM) program recently received their
bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate’s degrees from George Mason University.
The ACM enables college students to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate
program in a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) state if it is not
available at a public institution in their home state, and pay in-state
Maryland is one of 16 states that is affiliated with SREB, a non-profit,
nonpartisan organization that works with its members to improve pre-K and
“Thousands of Maryland students have benefited from this invaluable
program,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said.
“Maryland’s colleges and universities offer a variety of outstanding
programs, there are some they don’t which other state institutions make up
for. I especially appreciate Governor O’Malley’s strong support of this
The students who received their degrees from George Mason through the
Academic Market are:
Marissa Hausfeld (M.S. in New Professional Studies – Organization
Development and Knowledge Management), Potomac, MD.
Monica Hawkins (Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy),
Kory Johnson (Ph.D. in BioInformatics), Gaithersburg, MD.
Ruth Padilla (B.A. in Integrated Studies), Germantown, MD.
Mikael Pyrtel (M.A. in International Commerce and Policy), Greenbelt, MD.
Jennifer Whitten (B.A. in Integrated Studies/Organization Administration),
Oxon Hill, MD.
Monyelle Mingo (M.A. in Arts Management), Gaithersburg, MD.
Stacey Smith (M.A. in Arts Management), Gaithersburg, MD.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board
responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and
independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves
as an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the
State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.